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The Checkered Prehistory of Rice Movement Southwards as a Domesticated Cereal-from the Yangzi to the Equator

Bellwood, Peter


This paper discusses the origins of Oryza sativa japonica rice cultivation in the Yangzi region of China and asks how and with which migrating human populations it spread south to reach Taiwan by 3,000 BC and Southeast Asia by 2,000 BC. The perspective adopted is that the spread of rice was driven mainly by demographic expansion, associated with a spread of languages and archaeological material culture. Environmental barriers also played major roles in establishing a "pause, adapt, spread,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Rice
DOI: 10.1007/s12284-011-9068-9
Access Rights: Open Access


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